Category: Snowshoeing, Track and Field
Year of Induction: 2019
Ashlin Adams began competing in Special Olympics at 17 and grew to become one of our most decorated international athletes. He participated in a number of sports but truly excelled in snowshoeing and track.
In 2000, as a member of Team NB, he earned three snowshoeing gold medals at the Canada Special Olympic Games in Ottawa. In 2001, he won 2 silver medals at the World Winter Games in Alaska. These achievements earned him the NB Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year award. In 2004, he won a gold and bronze in snowshoeing at the Canadian Special Olympic Games in Charlottetown. The next year he picked up a gold and a bronze at the World Games in Nagano, Japan.
In track, Ashlin earned three gold and three bronze at the Summer Games in Brandon, Manitoba in 2006. In 2007 he won a silver medal at the World Games in Shanghai, China.
Truly an elite athlete, Ashlin proved to be a great ambassador for NB and for Canada. The Canadian Special Olympics Head Coach, Kelly Zackodnick, remarked that he always brought his smile and sense of humor with him to the games but at the same time, he brought his best performances.
It is only fitting that Ashlin Adams be inducted into the City of Miramichi Sports Wall of Fame on the 50th year celebration of Special Olympics Canada.